Overview

Alexey Kallima was born in 1969 in Grozny. From 1984 to 1989, he studied at Krasnodar Art School (painting department). At the end of the 1990s, he moved to Moscow and became a member of the Radek Community, which opposed art commercialization. Kallima participated in performances, happenings; he worked with digital printing, readymades. Toward the second half of the decade, he devotes more time to painting. During this period, the central themes of his works are the Chechen War, the everyday life of migrants and participants of the military conflict. Among many other works on this topic, there is the series 'The Houris' (2004), 'You and Your Friend from Malgobek' (2005), 'Anticyclone' (2006). Alexey Kallima experiments with large-format pieces throughout these two decades — there are panoramic compositions, frescoes, and "invisible paintings." In particular, Alexey Kallima came into prominence for his murals: 'Metamorphoses' for the 1st Moscow Biennale (2005), exhibitions 'Our Apologies, the Opening of the Exhibition Has Been Postponed for Technical Reasons' (Louvre, 2010) and 'Psy' (2016) at the OVCHARENKO Gallery (until 2018 – Regina). Some murals were made with fluorescent paint, visible only in ultraviolet light. For one of these works, 'Terek – Chelsea,' the artist received the Innovation prize (nomination "Project of the Year) in 2005.


In the 2010s, the artist focused on the theme of everyday life. He reinterprets familiar repetitive imagery like shelves in a store or tire tracks on the snow into mesmerizing compositions with masterful drawing and use of colour.

Works
Gallery progects
Exhibitions
Solo exhibitions

2018
Darkness is Longer than Night. Vladey Space. Moscow, Russia.

2017
Dancing Ghosts. Vladey Space. Moscow, Russia.

 

2016
Psy. Regina Gallery, Moscow, Russia.

 

2015
Audience. Regina Gallery, Moscow, Russia.

 

2013
Grey Days. Bright Dreams. Regina Gallery, Moscow, Russia.

 

2012
Everything is for Sale. Regina Gallery. London, UK.
Rain Theorem. Regina Gallery. Moscow, Russia.
Consider Yourself Lucky. Guelman Gallery. Moscow, Russia.

 

2011
Sorry, the Exhibition Opening Has Been Postponed for Technical Reasons. Parallel program of the 4th Moscow Biennale of Contemporary Art. Guelman Gallery. Moscow, Russia.

 

2010
Chechen Women’s Skydiving Team. Guelman Gallery. Moscow, Russia.
Les ténèbres sont plus longues que la nuit. Galerie Ann de Villepoix. Paris, France.
Vous nous regardez, nous vous regardons! MAC / VAL. Paris, France.

 

2008
Chechen Women’s Skydiving Team. Lehmann Maupin Gallery. New York, USA.
Unnamed Hill. Guelman Gallery. Moscow, Russia.
Closed Party. Volker Diehl Gallery. Berlin, Germany.
Capitalism Garbage. Ecole Nationale Supérieure d'Art de Bourges. Bourges, France.

 

2007
Sky Patrol. Galerie Anne de Villepoix. Paris, France.

 

2006
Dead Calm. Chechnya. White Box Gallery, New York, USA.
Private emotions. Guelman Gallery, Moscow, Russia.
Rebels. In collaboration with Erbol Meldibekov. Galerie Volker Diehl. Berlin, Germany.

 

2005
19.45. S'Art. Moscow, Russia.
You and Your Friend from Malgobek. Dom Culture Center. Moscow, Russia.
10 Minute Intermission. Art Strelka / Vitrina Gallery. Moscow, Russia.
Chronicles. Reflex Gallery. ArtStrelka. Moscow, Russia.

 

2004
Houris and Relapse. Guelman Gallery. Moscow, Russia.
Just a Minute. State Tretyakov Gallery. Moscow, Russia.

 

2003
Malika, Shut the Door. S'Art. Moscow, Russia.
Tomorrow. France Gallery. Moscow, Russia.
Case on the Roadside, or Examination on Roads. Guelman Gallery. Moscow, Russia.
Distance. The State Tretyakov Gallery. Moscow, Russia.

 

2002
Memorial to the Victims. France Gallery. Moscow, Russia.
Zephyrs, installation. France Gallery. Moscow, Russia.

 

2001
You Are Where You Are Absent, happening. France Gallery, Moscow, Russia.
Chechens, Art Moscow. The Central House of Artists. Moscow, Russia.

 

1992
Painting and Works on Paper. Zakharov Museum. Grozny, Russia.

 

 

Group exhibitions


2020
First-hand Art. A Collector’s View: Looking Back and Forward. OVCHARENKO. Moscow, Russia.
Contemporary Art from the Marat Guelman Collection. State Tretyakov Gallery. Moscow, Russia.
Help out! Presale Exhibition. Cultural Centre Tverskaya 15. Moscow, Russia.

 

2019
Perfect Collection. Art4 Museum. Moscow, Russia.

 

2018
Before / After. Art4 Museum. Moscow, Russia.
Art of the 2000s. State Tretyakov Gallery. Moscow, Russia.

 

2017
Love. Presale Exhibition. Vladey Space. Moscow, Russia.

 

2016

Tutti Frutti. Regina Gallery. Moscow, Russia.
Football-Hockey. Center for Contemporary Art Winzavod. Moscow, Russia.

 

2015
BALAGAN!!! Kühlhaus am Gleisdreieck, Max Liebermann Haus, MOMENTUM at Kunstquartier Bethanien. Berlin, Germany.
Pierre Brochet’s Puzzle. Multimedia Art Museum. Moscow, Russia.
New Story-tellers in Russian Art of the XX–XXI Centuries. State Russian Museum. Moscow, Russia.

 

2014
Laboratory of Aesthetic Suspicion. The parallel program of Manifesta 10. Art Space New Industry. Saint-Petersburg, Russia.
Russian Performance: A Cartography of its History. Garage Museum of Contemporary Art. Moscow, Russia.

 

2013
The Team I Can't Live Without. Regina Gallery. Moscow, Russia.

 

2012
Audience As Subject, Part 2. Yerba Buena Center for the Arts. San Francisco, USA.
Apocalypse and Renaissance. The First Ukrainian Biennale of Contemporary Art. Kiev, Ukraine.
Kandinsky Prize. Barcelona, Spain
For Fair Elections. Paperworks Gallery. Moscow, Russia
Postcards from Artists. VP Studios. Moscow, Russia.


2011
Motherland. PERMM Museum. Perm, Russia.

 

2010
Russian Utopias. Part 2. Garage Museum of Contemporary Art. Moscow, Russia.
Diary of a Madman. Regina Gallery. Moscow, Russia.
Contrepoint. Musée du Louvre. Paris, France.

 

2009
Russian Povera. The 3rd Moscow Biennal of Contemporary Art. Red October. Moscow, Russia.
Victory Over the Future. Russian Pavilion at the 53rd Venice Biennale. Venice, Italy.

 

2008
Thaw. Chelsea Art Museum. New York, USA.
Russian Povera. River Station Hall. Perm, Russia.

 

2007
Art in Between. Journey into Swaying Imagination. Galleria Tiziana Di Caro. Salerno, Italy.
Thaw, 15 years of M. Guelman Gallery. State Russian Museum. Saint Petersburg, Russia.
Sots Art. Art politique en Russie de 1972 à aujourd'hui. La Maison Rouge. Paris, France.
Moscoupolis. Espace Louis Vuitton. Paris, France.
Heterotopias. 1st Thessaloniki Biennale of Contemporary Art. Thessaloniki, Greece.
The Diary of the Artist. Central House of Artists. Moscow, Russia.
Witness Of The Impossible. Collateral exhibition of the 2nd Moscow Biennale of Contemporary Art. Moscow Centre of Art. Moscow, Russia.
Theatrum Mundi. Galerie Anne de Villepoix. Paris, France.
Sots Art. The State Tretyakov Gallery, Moscow. Russia.
Free Party-2. Ecole des Beaux-Arts. Grenoble, France.
The Future Depends on You. Moscow Museum of Modern Art. Moscow, Russia.
The Baroque. Moscow Museum of Modern Art. Moscow, Russia.

 

2006
Rebels. Galerie Volker Diehl. Berlin, Germany.
Contemporary Art Lexicon. Article 1. Identity. Foundation For Visual Art Support ERA. Moscow, Russia.
Origin of Species. Contemporary City Foundation. Moscow, Russia.
Questions of Identity. Chameleon Gallery. Walsall, UK.
Moscow News. The National Gallery. Prague, Czech Republic.
Free Party. Ecole des Beaux-Arts. Grenoble, France.

 

2005
Act of Charity. France Gallery, Art Strelka, Zverev Center of Contemporary Art. Moscow, Russia.
Dialectics of Hope. 1st Moscow Biennale. Lenin Museum. Moscow, Russia.
The 8th Kaliningrad Graphics Biennale, Russia.
The 4th Shiryaev Biennale, Russia.
Russian Pop Art. The State Tretyakov Gallery. Moscow, Russia.
Europalia. Festival of Russian Art. Brussels, Belgium.
Facial Portraits. M'ARS Gallery. Moscow, Russia.
Artists and Armaments. M'ARS Gallery. Moscow, Russia.
Моscow Breaking Through. Bargehouse, OXO Tower Wharf. London, UK.

 

2004
Se Opp! Watch Out Art From Moscow And St.Petersburg. Oslo, Norway.
System оf Coordinates. Zagreb, Croatia.
Beyond the Red Horizon. Centre of Contemporary Arts. Moscow, Russia; Zamek Ujazdowski. Warsaw, Poland.

 

2003
Fashion Control. Guelman Gallery. Moscow, Russia.
ART KLYAZMA. Festival of Contemporary Art. Moscow, Russia.
Stop! Who Goes? NSCA. Moscow, Russia.
Same Old Sun Everywhere. France Gallery. Moscow, Russia.
Inspection Platform. The State Tretyakov Gallery, Moscow, Russia.
New Countdown. Central House of Artists. Moscow, Russia.

 

2002
Davaj! Russian Art Now. Postfuhramt, Berlin, Germany; MAC, Wien, Austria.
Snowgirl, Zacheta Gallery, Warsaw, Poland.
Instead of Art. Zverev Center of Contemporary Art, Moscow, Russia.
Actual Report. Samara, Tolyatti, Novosibirsk, Nizhny Novgorod, Russia.
Melioration. Festival of Contemporary Art. Moscow, Russia.
Stop! Who goes? NSCA. Moscow, Russia.
100% Vision. Regina Gallery. Moscow, Russia.
Pop/Art. Zverev Center of Contemporary Art. Moscow, Russia.
Georgia from/to. Zverev Center of Contemporary Art. Moscow, Russia.

2001
Personal / Impersonal. Baumanskaya, 13. Moscow, Russia.

 

1997
The World of Sensual Things in Pictures. The Pushkin State Museum of Fine Arts. Moscow, Russia.

 

1995
The 46th Venice Biennale. Venice, Italy.